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Friday, July 27, 2012
Hong Kong (And Chinese Americans) Beats Japan for Longest Living Women
Actually, my figures usually showed the longest living women on the planet are ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN! - For 2010, the figures were 85.8 YRS, CHINESE AM WOMEN =86.1, so Hong Kong is tops, but Chinese American women were still ahead of Japan.
The decline in Japan is based on the earthquake and nuclear disaster even though the actual number of direct deaths due to either earthquake or radiation was very, very small.
Health: It is significant to note that Asian American women have the highest life expectancy (85.8 years) of any other ethnic group in the U.S. Life expectancy varies among Asian subgroups: Filipino (81.5 years), Japanese (84.5 years), and Chinese women (86.1 years)1. However, Asian Americans contend with numerous factors which may threaten their health. Some negative factors are infrequent medical visits due to the fear of deportation, language/cultural barriers, and the lack of health insurance. Asian Americans are most at risk for the following health conditions: cancer, heart disease, stroke, unintentional injuries (accidents), and diabetes. Asian Americans also have a high prevalence of the following conditions and risk factors: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, smoking, tuberculosis, and liver disease.
BBC: Other factors contributing to the dip included a rise in the number of suicides among Japanese women, disease and other natural death causes, the report said. The life expectancy for men in Japan also declined from 79.55 in 2010 to 79.44 last year.